An alternate look at violence against women

Miradas Alternas, an exhibition running at the Polygon gallery until Feb. 7, explores alternative approaches to the photographic representation of violence against women in contemporary Mexico. Curated by Andrea Sánchez Ibarrola, the exhibition showcases the work of five Mexican artists: Juliana Alvarado, Alejandra Aragón, Koral Carballo, Mariceu Erthal and Sonia Madrigal. Ibarrola immigrated to Vancouver…

Vancouver Short Film Festival celebrates immigrants’ stories

The 11th annual Vancouver Short Film Festival, dubbed “watching together, staying apart” this year, opens Jan. 22. There are 61 features to discover from emerging and established Canadian West Coast movie and animation artists. As is the Festival’s practice, several titles celebrate Vancouver’s diverse communities and the theme of identity. Frequently omitted in stories about…

Ravi Jain and A Brimful of Asha, a real conversation between a mother and son

WhyNot Theatre continues making life better through art by premiering A Brimful of Asha online Jan. 15–31. Keeping this experience COVID-friendly, the show is a recording of a 2014 performance; and further making this a more interactive streamed session, the Surrey Arts Center has organized a chat after the Jan. 15 show with Ravi Jain. Toronto-based actor…

VICO – Sounds of two homes

The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO) has released their debut full-length album, In the Key of the World. The album, which consists of a multicultural and broadly-influenced array of chamber, folk and orchestral music, features the works of four Canadian or Canada-based composers, including UBC’s own Dorothy Chang. Chang’s suite, Lost & Found, takes the listener through an…

Ratna Gandhi : sculptor in residence

“Things happening around me, experiences of daily life, are my main inspirations and somehow those expressions come out in my sculptures,” says Ratna Gandhi, Port Coquitlam’s new Artist in Residence. Gandhi has been pursuing art for 20 years. In this time she has taught in schools, curated shows and displayed her art in national exhibitions.…

Everything Leaks – The myth of photography and its presence in contemporary life

The Polygon Gallery opens a new exhibition by artists Marisa Kriangwiwat Holmes and Maya Beaudry, where photography is used to discuss the present era of visual information overload. In the exhibition Everything Leaks the artists take familiar, everyday images and render them mysteriously. The mixed media exhibition uses stickers, watercolor and mixed media to discuss the present…

New takes on classic carols

The Nadeau Ensemble is set to (tentatively) bring their brand of Christmas cheer to the Evergreen Cultural Centre on Dec. 12. The Vancouver-based trio, which gets together once a year, consists of harpist Janelle Nadeau, violinist Serena Eades, and multi-instrumentalist Joaquin Ayala, takes a free-spirited approach to Christmas classics. “Some of the Christmas music we…

Expressive lines– When art meets words

Words. They are written, typed, posted, or printed, read, and given more and more attention. However, people look at their meaning, rather than the words themselves, read them without really seeing them. Reading Art, an exhibition at the Burnaby Art Gallery organized by the city of Burnaby and curated by Ellen van Eijnsbergen and Jennifer…

MENA Film Festival explores the many facets of the Middle East

Showcasing 23 films from 15 countries, the second edition of Vancouver’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Film Festival launched Nov. 20 virtually and runs till Nov. 27. Arman Kazemi, of Persian heritage, founded the festival last year with a group of like-minded people after seeing a lack of centralized representation of Persian or Middle…

Matt Stern: be gentle, be understanding

Montreal-based Kanen and Victoria-based Matt Stern will blend their respective brands of singer-songwriter music for Coup de Coeur Francophone, a concert which is (tentatively) scheduled Nov. 28 both online and at Studio 16. Stern, who is also originally from Montreal, speaks of his experience as a bilingual anglophone solo artist making music across different lands…

Carving cities out of dreams

The Eastside Culture Crawl (ECC) is back with extended dates: Nov. 2–9, 12–15 and 19–22. A virtual crawl is also available for the 2020 edition to make art viewing safer for Vancouverites. Among the many artists and artisans taking part in this colourful cultural festival, one perfectly represents the soul of the ECC. Sorour Abdollahi…

What’s your 20 in 2020?

Perhaps there is no better phrase to capture the spirit of 2020 than “what’s your 20?” – a film industry vernacular meaning ”what is your location.” Expanding on the meaning of this special theme, the 24th Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) hopes to explore issues related to people’s physical and mental states while shedding light…

VSAFF – Good Hope – Inspiring South Africa’s next generation

After ten successful years, the Vancouver South African Film Festival (VSAFF) returns in a new format. Due to COVID-19 and to constraints around in-person gatherings, VSAFF has partnered with the Toronto South African Film Festival in 2020 to host one online event that spans across Canada. The renamed South African Film Festival runs Nov. 1–12,…